Chris Jones, Chief Executive, Welsh Water

Chris Jones was appointed Chief Executive of Welsh Water in 2013, having been Finance Director since its acquisition by Glas Cymru in May 2001. Glas Cymru is a not-for-profit company which was founded by Chris and Nigel Annett in April 2000 for the sole purpose of acquiring Welsh Water. The acquisition was financed by one of the largest UK bond issues ever seen, totaling some £1.9 billion. Glas Cymru is also a private sector company with no shareholders, so it is run solely for the benefit of its customers. To date, some £250 million of value has been returned to customers, including through ‘customer dividends’.

Chris is a former Non-Executive Director of The Principality Building Society and Fellow of the Institute of Welsh Affairs. Previously, Chris was a Director in the London office of National Economic Research Associates (NERA). He began his career working for HM Treasury.

Chris joined the Prince’s Trust Cymru Advisory Council in 2009.

Huw Jakeway, Chief Fire Officer, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service

Huw joined the Fire Service in 1990. He has worked in a variety of roles across all departments and in 2005, was seconded to the Welsh Assembly Government as Policy, Operational and Technical Advisor. In 2005, Huw attained an MSc in Public Management at the University of Glamorgan.

Huw was appointed Assistant Chief Fire Officer in 2009 and his portfolio includes Fleet & Engineering, Innovation & Improvement, Health & Safety, Special Projects, Resilience & Planning, and Development & Review.

On 14 March 2011, Huw was appointed Deputy Chief Fire Officer, and as Director of Service Delivery lead on Operations, Risk Reduction, Fire Control and Performance Management.
From 1 December 2011, Huw became Acting Chief Fire Officer, and as Director of Risk Reduction lead on Community Fire Safety & Partnerships, Legislative Fire Safety, Performance Management and Workforce Negotiations.

On the 28 September 2012, Huw was appointed as Chief Fire Officer by the South Wales Fire and Rescue Authority.

David Parry-Jones, Vice President Northern Europe, VMware Limited

As Regional Director for UK and Ireland, David Parry-Jones is responsible for driving VMware’s business strategy and growth across the region, helping its customers and partners accelerate their journey to the Software Defined Data centre and the cloud.

David is originally from Anglesey in North Wales but his parents moved to Saudi Arabia in 1976. He attended boarding school at Rydal in Colwyn Bay, before studying Physics at UCNW in Bangor and attaining a postgraduate qualification in teaching. He then left Wales to work in the North Sea doing Seismic Surveys.

David joined VMware in 2012 from Microsoft where he held a number of senior leadership roles. With a successful career in IT spanning two decades, he also worked at BT, Omnibus Systems, Lazy Software, VerticalNet and Lotus Development/IBM.

He now lives in Ascot, Berkshire with his wife Clare, who also works in IT for Computacenter, and his two children Bryn (13) and Eve (11). His hobbies include rugby (watching now), cycling and cooking for the family. He also has a holiday place on the coast near St David’s in Pembrokeshire and loves his time there. His parents are now back from Saudi and have retired back to the family home in Llandegfan.

Jemma Terry, Managing Partner, Wales Practice, Odgers Berndtson

Jemma is Managing Partner and founder of the Cardiff office and team, covering the Private, Public and Charitable Sectors. She delivers Executive, Non Executive and senior management recruitment assignments across all functions from general management roles to highly specialist technical, clinical and engineering positions.

She has delivered roles in the oublic and third sectors within Health, local and central government, housing, education, arts and charities. In the private sector, she has worked with clients within professional and financial services, consumer & industrial manufacturing and engineering, technology, media and leisure and tourism.

Jemma is also a Director of the Cardiff Business Club; Chair of the Prince’s Trust Development Committee for Wales; a Member of the CBI Council for Wales and an Ambassador for Pembrokeshire, where she was born and raised.

Jemma has been a Search Consultant for 15 years. She began her career in Search with The Peachell Group, a boutique search firm, before joining Korn/Ferry where she was a Senior Consultant in the Consumer and Industrial Practice. Prior to joining Odgers, Jemma was Head of the Consumer and Industrial Practice at Harvey Nash Executive Search.

Jemma's previous career includes Marks and Spencer. She was fast-tracked through the graduate management programme before assuming commercial, operational and general management roles in flagship stores as well as in Head Office supply chain and technology teams. Jemma has a BSc Honours in Management Science and French with subsidiary Maths and Spanish. She is a graduate of one of France's celebrated grandes ecoles business management schools - L' Ecole Superieure de Commerce.